|Born||November 24, 1923|
|Origin||Boston, Massachusetts, US|
|Died||July 16, 1957(aged 33)|
|Associated acts||Woody Herman|
The son of Boston piano teachers Margaret and Julius Chaloff, he was among the few major jazz performers on his instrument. Until Chaloff the only prominent baritone player in jazz was Harry Carney of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Originally influenced by Carney and Jack Washington of the Count Basie Orchestra, he was later greatly inspired by the bebop playing of Charlie Parker. Chaloff became the first major bebop baritonist and opened the way for others to follow.
The first bebop band Chaloff played with was Boyd Raeburn's short-lived big band. In 1947-1949 he first became well-known as one of the "Four Brothers" reed section in Woody Herman's Second Herd. He also played with Georgie Auld, Jimmy Dorsey, and Count Basie, as well as recording as a leader.
- Boston 1950 - radio recordings
- The Fable of Mabel (1954)
- Boston Blow–Up! (1955) - produced by Stan Kenton
- Blue Serge (1956) - with Sonny Clark, Leroy Vinnegar and Philly Joe Jones
- Metronome All-Stars 1956 Verve MGV 8030
- The Four Brothers... Together Again! (Vik, 1957) - with Al Cohn, Zoot Sims and Herbie Steward
For a list of Chaloff's recordings, vid. Vladimir Simosko, Serge Chaloff, an Appreciation and Discography, 3rd ed., rev., Montréal Vintage Music Society, 1991, ISBN 1-895002-06-0.
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